Workshop on “Comprehensive Traffic Modelling for the Lebanese Network”

The EU-funded “SISSAF” project organized a workshop on “Comprehensive Traffic Modelling for the Lebanese Network”. The event was held on January 21st, 2016 in Radisson Blu Martinez – Ain al Mreiseh, Beirut, and gathered key stakeholders in the transport sector, representatives from Ministries and the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR) and municipalities. 

Mr. Cyril Dewaleyne, Programme Manager at the European Union Delegation in Lebanon, welcomed the participants and expressed his appreciation for the teamwork of the transport sector experts and their collaboration with the Directorate General of Land and Maritime Transport (DGLMT) for successful implementation of a Traffic Modeling system.

Mr. Abdel Hafiz Kayssi, Director General of Land and Maritime Transport, Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT) thanked the European Union for the continuous support and contribution for the establishment of this important tool for the transport sector. ‘’The Traffic modelling system will be fully operational in the upcoming months. A memorandum of understanding was prepared, and is ready to be signed with the interested parties”, Mr. Kaissi explained during his speech.

The workshop continued with presentations on the Traffic model in Lebanon in a historical and general perspective, given by Ms. Rayane Wehbé, representative of INRO – Partner TMS Consult. Ms. Mayssaa Mezher, SISSAF Transport Expert presented to the participants the methodology for upgrading and development of the Traffic Model of Lebanon.
Mr. George Xanthakos, SISSAF's Transport Key Expert highlighted in his presentation the benefits of the Traffic Mode, which will lead to a more sustainable usage of the transport sector. ‘’The traffic model in Lebanon will save money, time and efforts as all means of public transport could work in a more efficient way”, said Mr. Xanthakos

SISSAF’s Team Leader, Mr. Juan Sanz, expressed the gratitude of all SISSAF team members for their successful collaboration with the DGLMT in the preparation of the Traffic Model. Mr. Sanz also stated that the preparation of the model is not a single event, but rather a continuous effort, which requires the collaboration from all stakeholders to further successful implementation of the model.

The closing part of the workshop ended with productive discussions and suggestions on the coordination and administration of the traffic model, as all participants expressed their interest to further familiarize with the new traffic model.

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